03/21/2021 - Official College Recruiting Membership - Dayton, OH
Donovan continues to show as a prospect on the diamond. Behind the dish, he presents a soft/sure mitt showing great pocket awareness sticking pitches. He uses his body through the blocking process, centering balls out front. Receiving/blocking skills show as quality tools that will play well at the next level. Pop times will continue to drop as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program. At the plate, he continues to shine, displaying outstanding hitting abilities through an open setup. Hands are quick (86 mph exit velocity) and work through an aggressive swing path. He stays inside the ball, utilizing all fields with gap to gap pop. Donovan has the makings of a special type player and will get looks from collegiate coaches with his baseball abilities.
08/17/2020 - National Evaluation and Tryout - Columbus, OH
Dononvan continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities and has a tremendous future on the diamond. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date, now a 7.00 runner. Behind the plate, feet are active as he works in line through a clean transfer/exchange. Pop times have improved as he threw his lowest time to date at 2.11 and will continue to drop as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program. He shows a squared setup and presents a soft mitt out front and utilizes his body through the blocking process, centering balls well out front. At the plate, he continues to shine through a squared setup. Hands are quick and work through level swing path. He stays inside the ball, utilizing all fields with gap-to-gap pop.
08/04/2019 - National Tryout Plus - Dublin (Columbus), OH
Donovan lowered pop times (2.25 seconds), improved catching grades, and raised arm velocity to 74 MPH during his last workout with The Factory. Behind the plate, Donovan sits in low and athletically and shows solid footwork. He keeps his eyes to the ball, blocks and receives well, and has a short arm action to 2nd base. In the OF, Donovan has a presentable glove, efficient footwork, and he fields squarely. He makes plays and has a quick exchange with consistency to his target. Offensively, Donovan has a tall/open stance, a short stride, and good balance. He tracks well, stays inside the baseball, and makes square contact consistently.
01/18/2019 - 2019 Baseball Factory All-America Pre-Season Rookie Tournament
Donovan continues to show a promising future on the diamond as he continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities. Behind the plate, he displays a clean transfer/exchange as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. Pop times have improved as he threw his lowest time to date at 2.40 with accuracy on his throws. Times will continue to drop as he builds more arm strength through a long toss. He shows a solid setup and presents a low target. He utilizes his body well through the blocking process, centering balls out front. At the plate, hitting abilities have improved through an open setup. He has fluid rhythm while getting good hand separation. Hands are quick and work through a level swing path. He stays inside the ball, utilizing all fields and shows a feel for the barrel through a line drive approach with power showing best to the pull side.
01/12/2018 - 2018 Baseball Factory All-America Pre-Season Rookie Tournament
Donovan is a hardworking and talented catching prospect. Behind the dish, Donovan shows the ability to block the ball laterally and controls the ball with his chest. He presents a big target and works under the low pitch well. Continuing to have a quick/clean exchange and creating momentum with his lower half will allow him to make more efficient throws to second base. At the plate, Donovan starts in a crouched stance and loads his hands back into the drive position. He attacks the ball with his lower half and keeps his barrel short to the ball. Donovan will continue to improve with experience and we hope to see his progress in the future.